Hideki Matsuyama Hits Shot Of The Year Contender To Make History In Sony Open Epic

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Going into the back nine on the final day, Hideki Matsuyama saw himself five shots behind Russell Henley but, thanks to a sublime final nine, he managed to force a playoff, with a 276-yard three-wood coming up just a foot shy at the very first playoff hole. This incredible shot set up an historic eagle and victory, a victory that would also tie the most PGA Tour wins by an Asian-born player.

It’s not as if Henley had done anything wrong during the final round. For context, there have been 31 instances where a player held the 54-hole lead and shot 65 or better in a final round, 29 of them went on to win. The two who didn’t were Abraham Ancer at the 2020 RBC Heritage and now Henley at the 2022 Sony Open.


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